And like that, we’re into the holidays! As the orchards are settling into the dormant season, the California Prune Board wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving with a few friendly reminders.
-Kiaran Locy, Director of Brand & Industry Communications
As the days grow shorter and cooler, orchard irrigation needs decrease but don’t vanish. Manage irrigation to minimize water stress, as this makes trees more susceptible to Cytospora canker spread compared to well-watered trees. Water stress measured as stem water potential using a pressure chamber should be mild to moderate (-12 to -16 bars). Learn more about pressure chamber use at: com/manuals/stem-water-potential.
Alternatively, use ET estimates, which are available for North and South Sacramento Valley at com/et-reports). A final option is soil moisture evaluation with electronic sensors or by hand using an auger, to determine when and how much irrigation water to apply.
View more information and orchard considerations for fall and winter from the UCCE team in our previous edition of Orchard Notes here.
SAVE THE DATE: DEC. 1-2
Prune Research Workgroup
Topics/speakers will include:
- Cytospora canker: Dr. Themis Michailides, UC Davis Plant Pathologist
- Wood Rot Fungi: Daisy Hernandez, Ph.D. Candidate, UC Davis Plant Pathology Department
- Mechanical pruning trial research: Dr. Rich Rosecrance, Professor, CSU Chico
CALIFORNIA PRUNES ELIGIBLE FOR CFAP 2 PROGRAM
The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 authorizes up to $14 billion for a variety of agricultural sectors impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including California Prunes. Since CFAP 2 enrollment began on September 21, FSA has approved more than 616,103 applications according to the USDA report. In a CPB poll conducted in late October, 81% of grower respondents stated they have not yet applied but intend to do so.
Find your local USDA service center where you can connect with your Farm Service Agency in your county to help you with the process of applying.
The CFAP 2 application deadline is December 11, 2020 – Apply Now
AG RESEARCH QUARTERLY REPORT
The California Prune Board and Gary Obenauf recently shared the latest edition of the Agricultural Research Quarterly Report for the period ending October 31, 2020. In case you missed it, you can view the report online with updates on Research; the TASC Project; Methyl Bromide Alternatives Outreach (MBAO); UC Farm Advisor Positions; Sacramento Valley Orchard Source (SVOS); California Specialty Crops Council (CSCC); and a list of meetings attended and scheduled. Read the Report
California Prune Growers Featured at INC Virtual Congress
The California Prune Board is sponsoring INC – International Nut & Dried Fruit Council, the first online conference this week bringing together key industry leaders and the global trade from the nuts and dried fruits sectors. In a session titled “News from the California Prune Orchards,” Donn Zea moderates a conversation with California prune growers about what makes California uniquely positioned as the leader in the global prune industry. Check out the pre-recorded session with California Prune growers Joe Turkovich, Nick Micheli, and John Taylor to hear more about this year’s quality crop and what makes California Prunes so special.
OUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY PRUNE RECIPES
Share Your Family Prune Recipes!
What’s your favorite prune recipe? Is there a prune dish everyone requests? Have you adapted an old recipe to make it your own? The digital team is looking to feature California Prune heritage recipes on social media. Submit ideas to [email protected]. Be sure to tell us your name, a little bit of background on the dish, or how you cook with prunes, and where this fits into your family story.